Art and Education Series

Past Events

In this web series we present artist educators who actively use art as a tool to build community and create positive social and ecological change.

No. 7: "Down to Earth" 

A Presentation & Discussion with artist Michele Guieu

Sunday October 30, 2022

This presentation will be the occasion for Michele to share how she engages with her young students and the larger public, through her recent projects, in public spaces, and at school. Michele will discuss the way she incorporates science in her work. She will explain how she reflects on the importance of the materials she uses in her work. “If we do not face the reality of the situation we have created, and if we do not realize that environment, energy, economy, and equity are connected, we will lose our chance at a future. So my work now is now oriented towards more systemic thinking, like in “Down To Earth,” my last site-specific participatory installation.” -Michele Guieu

 

No. 6: "The Power of WE:
Working Together" 

Artists Panel Discussion with Andree Singer Thompson, Lisa Zimmer Chu, Leslie Smith, and Mary White
August 28, 2022

 

The August Art +Education # 6 offers a dialog on the power and value of collaboration and community, of the “WE”, working together with other artists, scientists, writers, political activists, members in community, policy makers, and the audience to further educate all involved. Moderated by Andree Singer Thompson, four artists will offer their own experiences working in communion with others, describing different forms of collaborations.

 

No. 5: "Ecoart in Action: Fostering Social and Ecological Change" 

A presentation by Contributors and Editors
May 22, 2022

 

This presentation provides an overview of "Ecoart in Action: Activities, Case Studies, and Provocations for Classrooms and Communities"., newly published by New Village Press.

 

Compiled from 67 members of the Ecoart Network—many of whom are also WEAD members—Ecoart in Action stands as a field guide for ecoart practice. It provides adaptable strategies for engaging a wide range of learners within a variety of learning environments. Join us to celebrate this recently published remarkable book.

 

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No. 4: "Black Spaces Matter: Exploring the Aesthetics and Architectonics of an Abolitionist Neighborhood" 

A presentation by Pamela Karimi

 

A replay is not available but please refer to  "Black Spaces Matter: Celebrating New Bedford's Abolition Row
" to learn more about the exhibition and Pamela Karimi

No. 3: "Rewilding Our Muses: Shifting Our Imagined Future through Diverse Creative Practices"

A presentation by Beverly Naidus

Dec. 5, 2021

Beverly Naidus will discuss how her own creative practices, workshop facilitation, and daily life has shifted during the Pandemic to include neighbors and collaborative community art projects while offering online art workshops to process the challenges of this time and reimagine our future. She and her partner, Bob Spivey, co-direct the non-profit organization, SEEDS (Social Ecology Education and Demonstration School) that has run online discussions for socially engaged artists to adapt their work to the changing conditions of this time while facilitating the Tacoma Story Hive project which hopes to seed other projects of its kind.

No. 2: "Art is for all of us"

A presentation by Carol Newborg

Sept. 20, 2021

 “Access to the arts is a vital part of survival, growth, and change for men and women in prison. Learning, focusing, collaborating and problem solving in the arts translate to skills that are used in other aspects of life, and the shared expression of universal human experience creates bridges between diverse groups. I've worked in prison art studios with California's Arts in Corrections Program for over 35 years, and the wonders of human potential for growth and transformation continually inspire me. I also organize exhibits 'over the walls' so that others can share the art and the beauty and potential of human change. We have so much to learn from people with the traumatic backgrounds of many of the incarcerated and their healing work, which can help intervene in the generational cycle of trauma. Art helps incarcerated people connect to families, to our communities, to help heal harm, and to give back to others.” -Carol Newborg

No. 1: "Art as a Healing Force"

A presentation by Andrée Singer Thompson

Aug. 23, 2021

WEAD is delighted to have Andrée Singer Thompson, Bay Area sculptor, beloved mentor, activist, educator, founder of Laney College Eco Art Matters class, present about the healing power of art. This is a special opportunity to hear about Andrée’s lifetime of creativity, love, and service—in her own words and images.